There are three types of dental bridges:
Traditional Fixed Bridge
A dental bridge consists of a false tooth, known as a pontic, which is fused between two porcelain crowns to fill in the area left by a missing tooth. There are two crowns holding it in place and is attached onto your teeth on each side of the false tooth. This is known as a fixed bridge. This procedure is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Fixed bridges cannot be taken out of your mouth as you might do with removable partial dentures.
Resin Bonded Bridge
The resin bonded bridge is primarily used for your front teeth. Being less expensive than other bridges, this bridge is best used when the supporting teeth are healthy and don’t have large fillings. The false tooth is fused to metal bands that are bonded to the supporting teeth with a resin which is hidden from view. This type of bridge reduces the amount of preparation needed on the adjacent teeth.
In areas of your mouth that are under less stress, such as your front teeth, a cantilever bridge may be used. Cantilever bridges are used when there are healthy teeth on only one side of the open space. This procedure involves anchoring the false tooth to one side over one or more natural and adjacent teeth.
Missing teeth can be replaced with dental implants which are surgically placed in the jaw bone. Once the implants are stable in their position, Dallas Implant Dentist, Dr. Daftary would place a permanent restoration, which may be a crown or a bridge. Implant restorations are usually very comfortable for the patients.